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Discussion in 'VZ Holden Commodore (2004 - 2006)' started by Griz, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. Griz

    Griz New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I have a VZ SS Commodore. It is a 2004 model, just clocked up 200000 kms & is in exceptional condition. Complete service history (always done on time).

    It is stock, only addition is LPG, a sat nav in replace of factory system & 18 inch wheels. I have the cash to spend 20k on a newer vehicle but am in two minds whether I should. My SS is in immaculate condition with only 2 minor problems. The speedo is out because of the wheels and has to be put on the dyno & the air con is not working properly (not blowing cold air all the time). Now should I spend the $2000 & get the air con & dyno done & keep the car or spend the 20K & sell mine for around 9K? I am concerned if I keep the car, because the car has hit the 200000K mark, it may start to lose buyers.

    Thoughts, comments.

    Cheers
     
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    keep the car 200000 is nothing should double that, and invest the money it will grow not like a car which will lose money the first day you drive it out the car yard , thats how you make money
     
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    Vehicles get to a certain age and the model/year does not reflect the value, the condition and extras do.

    Same for kilometres, unless of course it has 1,000,000 or more.

    if I had 10k to spend on a second hand vehicle I would settle for a brand and model, then go looking for the best condition one.

    Like utes and 4x4s lose value then hold it as long as they are in good nick.
     
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    Philosophical thoughts ( and rant ) from an old fart.....Do you need a new car, or do you want a new car ?

    It has only been in the last 15 years that I transitioned from needing to wanting, because I was able to afford it. Now that Holden, as we know and love, is as good as gone, I no longer want ,or need, a new car. If the was a VF Monaro or Crewman, I would have a dilemma, but there isn’t, and won’t be, so future problem solved.
    Offspring needed a new car recently, so I wisely made a list of things that he needed in a new car, (driving enjoyment, safety stuff) and a list of unnecessary crap that should be avoided in a car, ( self parking, auto lights, wipers, start button, parking button, turbo, double clutch auto, DVD player, and most important, eye searing fuglyness )
    End result, a KIA.........who would have thunk it ?

    I have been guilty many times in the past of needing a new car, because the old ones were consuming $$$$s at an alarming rate, and each fix was hopefully the last.....until next week when something else broke, needing another uneconomical repair. Has your SS reached that point yet.
    Is it a source of ridicule by your mates, and an embarrassment to you yet ?,
    No ? Then keep it.

    If you want a new car, that is an emotional and ego thing that can be only solved by you.
     
  6. STEALTHY™

    STEALTHY™ So Wet For You!

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    I lol'd. Never have those two been used in the same paragraph, in that context. Maybe include "lack of" in front of driving enjoyment and they'd go together
     
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    If you have $20k liquid, invest in your house. Your car sounds like it's in great nick, keep it. New cars are a serious waste off cash, depreciation wise anyway. Just my .20c.......
     
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    dr364 The Dollar Dazzler

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    Ditto the comments so far. On the items needing repair, that's not much to be concerned about on what sounds like a well maintained car. Not sure why you need it on the dyno though, from what you've described?

    When I was young I wasted all my money on cars. If I'd done then what I am doing now in investing in property, I would be much better set up for my future. Best advice I could provide would be to invest that sort of money.
     
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    Maybe not “driving enjoyment” as an enthusiast may interpret it, I probably should have written “ergonomic competence” as in.......
    Are the seats comfortable after a few hours in them, all gauges and switchgear easy to identify and use, dash facia uncluttered with “add-on tablets”and garish bling, child seats easily fitted, and 7 years warranty, where function takes preference to fashion.
     
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    Up to you, but if you can find a nice cars for good price with low Kms go for it, VE SS are cheap now thanks to VF.

    Fact you have LPG i'd keep it.
     
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    Only reason to ever need a new car is if the old ones falling a part or you've got a bigger family now.

    Depends if you really want a new car or not?
     
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    Ultra tune have said because they are not the factory wheels, the speedo is not tuned to them. The digital speedo & dash speedo can show a 10kmh difference & I do not know which one is right. Thanks guys you have given me a lot to think about. I guess knowing my car is problem free vs unknown problems with a used one would be reason enough there. I will think it over thoroughly before making a decision.

    Cheers.
     
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    Can always use your phones gps to see how accurate your speedo is. Heaps of free apps that do accurate speed readings. If its not out very far or if in deed you know how far out it is, you probably wont need to have it dyno'd
     
  14. Risky

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    A brand new one will set you back $45K+ easy (depending on trim level) & as soon as it's driven off the forecourt, you've just lost cash (unless you can get a great deal).

    You could go down this avenue.... Spend the cash, get if fixed, sell it (or trade it) & spend the cash on a newer 2nd hand one. VE's & VF's are rocking up on the 2nd hand scene so you might grab a good bargain.

    Or,

    Spend the cash, get if fixed & keep it if you like your SS. Invest your cash elsewhere.

    Cars are like women, you need to spend money on them for the upkeep to keep them going (and happy). The happier the woman, the happier your life will be.

    I bought a VY S Ute very cheap that had great mechanicals but the body was a bit rough due to years of use. I've sorted out the paint & bodywork and it looks fantastic. Was it worth the money in the end? Hell yes! After 2017 we wont see anymore Holdens locally manufactured & I wanted to own an icon.

    Good luck with your decision.
     

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